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How To Analyze Running Records (And Get a Ton of Valuable Information About Your Beginning Readers!)

How To Analyze Running Records (And Get a Ton of Valuable Information About Your Beginning Readers!)

This might sound strange, but I love it when my little readers make mistakes. And it’s definitely not because I want to see them fail! Rather, seeing those mistakes gives me incredible information about what my students can do, as well as what they’re not yet doing. It helps me figure out what decoding strategies to teach, what phonics patterns they need…Continue Reading

Communication Logs: A Tool for Teacher Collaboration

Communication Logs: A Tool for Teacher Collaboration

Teacher collaboration is key to students’ success, especially when a child works with multiple teachers throughout the day.  Honestly, though, it’s hard to find the time to collaborate with our colleagues. Even when we are lucky enough to have common plan periods or a regular meeting schedule, talking about how to help individual kids doesn’t always…Continue Reading

Meaningful End-Of-Unit Projects

Meaningful End-Of-Unit Projects

Hey there!  Today I’m blogging about something related to one of my very favorite teaching topics – integrated/thematic units!  When I was in the classroom, creating integrated units was one of my very favorite things to do.  I love tying science and social studies learning into literacy instruction (and math-, when possible).  When my kids…Continue Reading

Children’s Oral Language & Literacy Development

Children’s Oral Language & Literacy Development

Oral language often takes a backseat to other subjects in the curriculum.  We do curriculum mapping to make sure we cover all of the reading, writing, and math standards for our students, but how often do we map out a plan for addressing oral language skills?  In my state, Illinois, we use the Common Core…Continue Reading